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If you looked at your tooth enamel under a powerful microscope, you would find tightly packed mineral crystals. Each day, the acidic foods and drinks you consume, as well as the natural bacteria in your mouth, can actually erode the density of these mineral crystals.

If this is not counteracted by some means, it will eventually weaken your tooth enamel, making your teeth more susceptible to tooth decay and sensitivity.

Exposing your teeth to fluoride helps restore the microscopic minerals in a process is known as remineralization. This helps prevent sensitivity and tooth decay.

Your dentist, Dr. C.R. (Chip) Edwards, Jr., might recommend having a routine fluoride treatment administered if you’re experiencing tooth decay and sensitivity issues. This could also be followed by the daily use of fluoride supplements. Combined, these two powerful sources of fluoride can reverse significant demineralization symptoms.

Fluoride supplements come in several different forms, including sublingual tabs, gels, mouthwash or a concentrated fluoride toothpaste.

Ingested fluoride supplements should be taken at the prescribed times. If your dentist prescribes concentrated fluoride toothpaste or mouthwash, you should use them right before going to bed.

You don’t necessarily have to use them only before bed. You just need to apply them to your teeth at a time when you can avoid eating or drinking anything for at least a half an hour. This will allow the fluoride to deeply penetrate the microscopic pores in your tooth enamel.

If you’re concerned about the integrity of your tooth enamel, you should call C.R. (Chip) Edwards, Jr., D.D.S. at (407) 322.6052 to see if fluoride supplements in Sanford, Florida, are right for you.